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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
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November 26, 2017 • Feast of Christ the King
Day 1
Share Experiences
l Gathering Prayer (see page TG2 1-4)
l Lesson Song l Sing, “We Are Called” (Venture/Visions CD-2, track 21) l Activity l What do you do for others? (page 1)
l Story l Doing the Words of Mercy (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the story.
l Service Projects l When did we help you, Lord? (page 4)
l Closing Prayer l Thank you, Lord, for the earth and for all the
people and things it holds. May I learn to love everything you love. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
l Gathering Prayer l God, be the living water I need to grow in my faith. Amen. (Repeat).
l Gospel Acclamation l Sing “Alleluia” (Venture/Visions CD-1, track 1) l Sunday Gospel l Come! You have my Father’s blessing. (pages
l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel.
l Closing Prayer l Jesus, I will praise your name forever. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 3
Live the Gospel
l Gathering Prayer l When you speak to me, Lord, I will listen. I will do what you say. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Works of Mercy Activity (Venture Activity Master Book #10)
l The Works of Mercy Game (pages 6–7)
l Closing Prayer l Lord, when I answer people, let me speak with
your wisdom and love. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 5
l Gathering Prayer: Jesus, you are truly my Lord. Help me follow you. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Saints l Brigid of Kildare (page 8) l Weekly Lesson Assessment
l Closing Prayer: (see page TG2 1-5)
Friday Take-Home
l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Pray, Act, Think activities on page 8 together.
Curriculum Connections
l Language Arts: Share with the students a news report about people in need or groups that serve those in need. Read and discuss the article as a class.
l Social Studies: Share with the students a world map. Highlight the Republic of Ireland, where St. Brigid of Kildare lived. Share with the students some historical facts about this country.
Distribute the Children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
with guidance, practice them. Read the directions aloud together. Make sure each child modifies his or her game board by drawing specific ways to practice a work of mercy in the building shapes. When play is over discuss which of the works of mercy is easiest for children to do. Which can they do with their families or parish/ school?
St. Brigid of Kildare (page 8) Tell the children that St. Brigid of Ireland lived a very long time ago, in the fifth century. Narrate St. Brigid’s story by reading aloud the summaries on
the yellow background. Pause after each summary to have the children read the dialogue. After the reading, call on volunteers to name something new and interesting they learned.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Treasures of the Catholic Faith (pages 49—50)
Ask the children turn to page 49. Read aloud together “The Two Great Commandments.” The children will remember the commandments from the lesson of October 26. In that lesson, they read about the Swish for Kids basketball tournament and took part in the Put Yourself in My Shoes show.
Have the children find the list of the corporal works of mercy on page 50. Explain that the word corporal comes from the Latin word corpus, which means body. These are acts of love that help people who need food, shelter, water—things our bodies need to survive and thrive. These are the work we heard in the Gospel today.
Call attention to the list labeled “Spiritual Works of Mercy.” Ask the children to read those aloud. Ask for examples of how people do spiritual works of mercy for each other. This list does not come directly from Jesus, but it has been taught by the Church for a very long time.
Summarize by recalling the six boys in today’s story. Learning about the works of mercy helped them decide how to keep Lent. Perhaps your children will be inspired by them, too.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Play a game based on the works of mercy.
l Learn about St. Brigid of Kildare and how she practiced the
works of mercy.
The Works of Mercy Game (page 6—7) Today’s Gospel is quite clear about Jesus’ criteria for his followers— care for the least among you. This activity gives children the opportunity to reflect on these practices over and over again in a game format. They will talk about them, remember them, and,
Closing Prayer Pray together the Lord’s Prayer. Introduce the prayer by praying, “Lord Jesus, help us to be mindful of the needs of others. Help us to be merciful, generous, and forgiving.” Invite everyone to join in: “Our Father, who art in heaven,... .”
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Pray, Act, Think activities on page 8 together.
Lesson Wrap-up
Visit to download this week’s lesson review.
Use Activity Master #10 from the Venture Additional Activities book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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Gathering Prayer l God, thank you for my gifts. Help me share them with others. Amen. (Repeat.)
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 6)
Discuss the Think questions related to the doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Read together pages 49–50.
Closing Prayer l Lord, help me be merciful every day! Amen. (Repeat.)
Activities and online and assessments are noted at the end of each lesson.
Unit 1: Following Jesus’ Teaching
Lesson extensions suggest cross-curricular connections and ongoing projects and encourage service opportunities.
The new  ve-day pacing guide for Catholic schools helps make religion class interesting, and relevant—and is adaptable to your school schedule.
NEW for Catholic Schools!
Lesson Theme: We know Jesus’ followers by their loving actions.
Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs. Day 4
With My Family and Friends
Additional Resources
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
l November 28: St. Catherine Labouré – Share with the students that St. Catherine was told by the Blessed Mother to make a medal with images of Jesus and Mary, now known as the Miraculous Medal. Because wearing the Miraculous Medal brings great graces, the practice has spread worldwide.
l November 30: St. Andrew – Explain to the students that
St. Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles. According to tradition, this missionary martyr was crucified on an X-shaped cross.
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Unit Assessment ( Seasonal Resources (
Video Links for This Lesson ( Lesson Assessment Answer Key: 1. a, 2. c, 3. b, 4. e, 5. d,
6. Responses will vary.
Answer key for Activity Master 10 (A, C, E, B, D, F)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
Using poster paper, draw an outline of a crown. Whenever someone in the class does a kind act, color in a “jewel.”Write the act and the person’s name around the jewel. At the end of class, review all of the good acts that the young people demonstated.
Extending the Lesson
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